Moscow State Conservatory’s International Competition of Performers on Wind and Percussion Instruments

The competition is held every autumn for the following nominations: 2021 — ‘Oboe’ & ‘French horn’; 2022 — ‘Clarinet’ & ‘Trumpet’; 2023 — ‘Flute’ & ‘Tuba’; 2024 — ‘Percussion Instruments’ & ‘Woodwind Quintet’; 2025 — ‘Bassoon’ & ’Tenor trombone’. The competitors’ age: from 16 to 33 years.
The Thirteenth International Competition for Performers on Wind & Percussion Instruments

The Thirteenth International Competition for Performers on Wind & Percussion Instruments

Age limit: from 16 to 33 years.

Nominations: Clarinet & Trumpet.

Deadline for the applications and the documents: 20 September 2022.

27 October 2022 - 1 November 2022
The Twelfth International Competition for Performers on Wind & Percussion Instruments

The Twelfth International Competition for Performers on Wind & Percussion Instruments

Age limit: from 16 to 33 years.

Nominations: Oboe & French horn.

Deadline for the applications and the documents: 29 September 2021.

29 October 2021 - 5 November 2021
The Eleventh International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

The Eleventh International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

Age limit: from 16 to 33 years.

Nominations: Bassoon & Tenor trombone.

Deadline for the applications and the documents: 27 September 2019.

27 October 2019 - 2 November 2019
The Tenth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

The Tenth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

Age limit: from 16 to 33 years.

Nominations: Percussion Instruments & Woodwind Quintet.

Deadline for the applications and the documents: 1 October 2018.

28 October 2018 - 2 November 2018
The Ninth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

The Ninth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

Age limit: from 16 to 33 years.

Nominations: Flute & Tuba.

Deadline for the applications and the documents: 10 September 2017.

31 October 2017 - 6 November 2017
The Eighth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

The Eighth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

Age limit: from 16 to 33 years.

Nominations: Clarinet & Trumpet.

Deadline for the applications and the documents: 1 October 2016.

1 November 2016 - 7 November 2016
The Seventh International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

The Seventh International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

Age limit: from 16 to 33 years.

Nominations: Oboe & French horn.

Deadline for the applications and the documents: 1 October 2015.

6 November 2015 - 14 November 2015
The Sixth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

The Sixth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

Age limit: from 16 to 33 years.

Nominations: Bassoon & Tenor trombone.

Deadline for the applications and the documents: 20 September 2014.

1 November 2014 - 8 November 2014
The Fifth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

The Fifth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

Age limit: from 16 to 33 years.

Nominations: Percussion Instruments & Woodwind Quintet.

Deadline for the applications and the documents: 31 August 2013.

1 November 2013 - 8 November 2013
The Fourth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

The Fourth International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

Age limit: from 16 to 33 years.

Nominations: Flute & Tuba.

Deadline for the applications and the documents: 31 August 2012.

1 November 2012 - 8 November 2012
The Third International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

The Third International Competition for Performers on Winds & Percussion Instruments

Age limit: from 16 to 33 years.

Nominations: Clarinet & Trumpet.

Deadline for the applications and the documents: 31 August 2011.

1 November 2011 - 8 November 2011

Regulations on Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory’s International Competition of Performers on Wind and Percussion Instruments

1. General Provisions

1.1. The full official name of the competition is Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory’s International Competition of Performers on Wind and Percussion Instruments (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Wind/Percussion Competition”).

1.2. The Wind/Percussion Competition was established in 2009 by Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Conservatory”).

1.3. The Wind/Percussion Competition is held every autumn. The dates of the respective year’s Competition are to be specified and published on the Conservatory’s official website in advance: see the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number.

1.4.1. Two out of ten nominations cyclically rotate at the Competition every year as follows:

  • first year — Bassoon & Tenor trombone;
  • second year — Oboe & French horn;
  • third year — Clarinet & Trumpet;
  • fourth year — Flute & Tuba;
  • fifth year — Percussion Instruments & Woodwind Quintet.

1.4.2. Every pair of the nominations is to be specified and published on the Conservatory’s official website in advance: see the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number.

1.5. The competition program is to be specified separately for each round in both nominations of the respective year and published on the Conservatory’s official website in advance: see the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number.

2. Prizes of the Wind/Percussion Competition

2.1. The Organizing Committee of the Wind/Percussion Competition (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Organizing Committee”: see clause 8.1) is to announce six monetary prizes for the laureates, three per each nomination. The amounts of all prizes are to be specified and published on the Conservatory’s official website in advance: see the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number.

2.2.1. The amount of each prize awarded in the nomination Woodwind Quintet to an entire group of the winning ensemble is to be paid to one of its musicians every fifth year (see clause 1.4.1).
2.2.2. The amounts of all prizes in the remaining nine nominations are to be paid personally to each winning soloist of the respective year.

2.3. Upon the Organizing Committee’s consent, public organizations, foundations, mass media and/or individuals may establish any additional prizes, awards and/or gifts for the competitors. Decisions to award any special prizes and/or gifts will be made by the Jury Teams of the Wind/Percussion Competition (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Jury Teams”).

2.4. All the prizes will be paid to the laureates in rubles, tax deducted under Russia’s legislation.

3. Jury Teams of the Wind/Percussion Competition

3.1. The Organizing Committee is to appoint two Jury Teams who are to award the prizes separately in each nomination of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition. The lists of members of both Jury Teams are to be published on the Conservatory’s official website in advance: see the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number.

3.2. The results of each round are to be announced publicly as soon as it ends (separately for each nomination) and published on the Conservatory’s official website: see the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number.

3.3. Both Jury Teams may, at their own discretion:

3.3.1. award not all of the prizes;
3.3.2. divide the amounts of any prizes, except for the first one, between several laureates within the limits of the established prize fund;
3.3.3. share the monetary part of non-awarded prizes between the laureates of any other prizes within the limits of the established prize fund.

3.4. All decisions of both Jury Teams are final and irrevocable.

3.5. Upon a decision of any Jury Team, any competitor’s performance in any round may be shortened or stopped.

3.6. No member of any Jury Team, including both chairpersons, may vote for any competitors who officially have been or were his/her students during the three years immediately preceding the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition. Should such a case take place, the respective member of the Jury Team must notify the Organizing Committee thereon in writing prior to the beginning of the auditions.

4. Procedure for Holding the Wind/Percussion Competition

4.1. Students of specialized institutions of music education, as well as professional musicians, who are not younger than 16 but younger than 33 years old as of the first day of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition, may take part in it.

4.2. The first prize laureate of Wind/Percussion Competition No. Z may not participate in Wind/Percussion Competition No. Z+5 in the same nomination (see clause 1.4.1).

4.3. The Wind/Percussion Competition consists of three rounds. All the rounds are held publicly.

4.4.1. Each competitor must personally attend the organizational meeting at the Conservatory (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Initial Meeting”). Information about the time and venue of the Initial Meeting is to be published on the Conservatory’s official website in advance: see the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number.
4.4.2. The drawing of lots is to be held during the Initial Meeting in order to establish the unified sequence of the competitors’ performances.

4.5. The sequence of the performances in all the rounds is to be determined upon results of the drawing of lots and remains unchanged until the end of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition, omitting the withdrawn competitors’ counting numbers.

4.6. Each competitor determines the sequence of performing the pieces on his/her program in all the rounds himself/herself.

4.7. In the event an orchestral piece is announced on the program of Round Three, each finalist of the Wind/Percussion Competition is to be granted one rehearsal with the orchestra.

4.8. At the end of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition, a concert of the laureates will be held (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Final Concert”). The time and venue of the Final Concert are to be set by the Organizing Committee and published on the Conservatory’s official website in advance: see the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number.

4.9. The laureates must perform at the Final Concert with no remuneration. In case of refusal to participate in the Final Concert with no valid reason, the awarded prize will not be paid.

5. Submission of the Application and the Documents

5.1. The list of documents for those who wish to participate in the nomination Woodwind Quintet is published in clause 5.2 below. In order to participate in any of the other nine nominations (see clause 1.4.1), the applicant must: 

5.1.1. fill out an online application, — see the link on the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number, — then scan and forward to the Organizing Committee’s official e-mail address (see clause 8.1.2):
5.1.2. the applicant’s consent for the processing of his/her personal data with his/her personal signature (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Consent”) — see the link on the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number;
5.1.3. the front page of the applicant’s passport or other identifying document (with the holder’s photo and signature);
5.1.4. the applicant’s artistic photo taken against a neutral background with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi;
5.1.5. the applicant’s certificate of music education or certificate from his/her educational institution, either in Russian or in English;
5.1.6. the applicant’s brief artistic biography (*.doc or *.docx only), including information about his/her place of study/work, the year of study at the time of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition (if a student), his/her teachers, participation in any other competitions (including the year, place and award), as well as any other information that the applicant considers essential for the Organizing Committee.

5.2. In order to participate in the nomination Woodwind Quintet, the applicants must:

5.2.1. fill out five online applications, one from each musician of the applying ensemble, — see the link on the webpage of the respective fifth year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number (according to the rotation), — then scan and forward to the Organizing Committee’s official e-mail address (see clause 8.1.2):
5.2.2. the five applicants’ consents for the processing of their personal data with everyone’s personal signature (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Consent”) — see the link on the webpage of the respective fifth year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number (according to the rotation);
5.2.3. the front pages of the five applicants’ passports or other identifying documents (with each holders’ photo and signature);
5.2.4. one collective artistic photo of the applying ensemble taken against a neutral background with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi;
5.2.5. the five applicants’ certificates on everyone’s music education or certificates from their respective educational institutions, either in Russian or in English;
5.2.6. a brief artistic portfolio of the applying ensemble (*.doc or *.docx only), including information about the group’s teachers, participation in any other competitions of wind ensembles (including the year, place and award), as well as any other information that the applying ensemble’s musicians consider essential for the Organizing Committee.

5.3. Every applicant who is a citizen of Russia must submit the scans of three additional documents: see the Wind/Percussion Competition webpage in Russian.

5.4. The deadline for submitting the online application and the documents is to be specified and published on the Conservatory’s official website in advance: see the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number.

5.5. The fact of forwarding the online application(s), together with the signed and scanned Consent(s), to the Organizing Committee (see clauses 5.1.1-2 and 5.2.1-2) means the applicants’ unconditional consent with all the clauses of these Regulations and their Annex.

5.6. The Organizing Committee may reject any applications and/or documents that do not meet any of the above-mentioned requirements.

6. Financial Terms

6.1. A regitsration fee for participation in the Wind/Percussion Competition (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Fee”) is to be paid after the Initial Meeting by the Organizing Committee’s instruction in any of the following four currencies, optionally: (1) Russian rubles; (2) Chinese yuans; (3) US dollars; (4) euros.

6.2. The amount of the Fee is to be updated and published on the Conservatory’s official website in advance: see the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number. The Organizing Committee assumes that the amount of the Fee is to be economically equivalent in all the four currencies; however, the team reserves the right to adjust it selectively, considering any current fluctuations of the respective exchange rates officially established by the Bank of Russia.

6.3. All transportation and other expenses directly or indirectly related to participation in the Wind/Percussion Competition have to be paid either by the competitors themselves or by their sponsoring organizations.

7. Special Provisions

7.1. The Conservatory is the only owner of an exclusive copyright for audio- and/or video-recording, as well as for any TV and/or online broadcasts, of all the rounds and the Final Concert.

7.2. The competitors receive no remuneration for their performances during the rounds; nor are they paid any copyright for any usage of audio- and/or video-recording, as well as of any TV and/or online broadcasts, of any of their performances by the Conservatory.

7.3. These Regulations are published on the webpage of the Conservatory’s International Competition of Performers on Wind and Percussion Instruments located on the Conservatory’s official website, both in Russian and in English. All the clauses that concern the holding of each Wind/Percussion Competition in the respective year are published on the webpage of the respective year’s Wind/Percussion Competition with a specific number, both in Russian and in English.

7.4. Should any dispute or disagreement arise in the interpretation of any of the terms of these Regulations and/or their Annex, the versions published in Russian shall prevail.

8. Contact Information

8.1. The Wind/Percussion Competition’s Organizing Committee is the Department for Festivals, Competitions and Special Events of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory’s Center for Coordinating Artistic Projects.

  • 8.1.1. Official telephone number: +7 (495) 055 5519.
  • 8.1.2. Official e-mail address: artmosconsv@gmail.com
  • 8.1.3. Official mailing address: 13 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, Moscow, 125009, Russia.